The Deadliest Radiation in the Solar System

How do you protect a probe from massive levels of radiation? Explore the possibilities with Bill Nye in a surprising video from the THNKR Why with Bill Nye! playlist. Learners discover the extreme levels of magnetism created by Jupiter's magnetic field, the mind-boggling amounts of radiation attracted to Jupiter, and how NASA shields the probe's delicate electronics with titanium metal.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to support a lesson on radiation, magnetic fields, or technology
  • Create your own demonstration that compares the strength of Earth's magnetic field to that of Jupiter
Classroom Considerations

  • Discuss the extreme pressure conditions needed to create metallic hydrogen with younger pupils
Pros

  • Includes a demonstration of magnetic fields
  • Uses terms and images appropriate for a variety of ages and abilities to explain the concept
Cons

  • None
Common Core